Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

‘Big Society Fund’ Backs West Sussex Projects

Tarring Councillor
A ‘Big Society Fund’ set-up by West Sussex County Council will be backing four projects designed to support local communities.

The fund, worth £240,000 in the current financial year, allows County Council members to apply for money to support initiatives in their electoral division that meet at least one of the objectives of the national Big Society agenda.

The applications are made to Michael Brown, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, who has approved:

· £30,000 for Sports Dream, Selsey, formed to develop facilities and create opportunities for local sporting organisations, with particular emphasis on young people, and people with disabilities and their families. The application was made by County Councillor Peter Jones.

· £15,000 towards buying six Bosun training dinghies and launch trollies for the Cobnor Activity Centre based within Chichester Harbour. The application was made by County Councillor Mark Dunn.

· £4,454 to fund youth work at the Witterings Youth Centre near Chichester, subject to confirmation that the local parish council will fund youth work at the centre from April 2012. The application was made by County Councillor Pieter Montyn.

· £1,000 towards the cost of producing a ‘Really Local Food Directory’ for Hassocks, Keymer, Hurstpierpoint, and Ditchling, to encourage residents to support local producers. The application was made by County Councillor Colin Wilsdon.

Michael said today: “All four schemes are really good examples of the Big Society in action at a local level, and I was delighted to approve the applications.

“There is a real appetite out there from people and organisations wanting to rise to the challenge of deciding what their local community needs, and to play a key role in delivering it.

“We are very fortunate in West Sussex to have a wide range of organisations that play a key role in improving our quality of life.

“The criteria for the fund is that it should meet one of the three big strands of the Big Society agenda – social action, public service reform, and community empowerment.

“All four bids are entirely consistent with at least one or more of these objectives, and I am looking forward to considering further bids for a share of the fund from other members of the County Council.

“If residents or local organisations are interested in the fund, they should contact their local County Councillor as only members can make an application. Their details are on our website”

Full details of all the schemes that will get ‘Big Society’ funding, and comments from the four County Councillors can be found in Michael Brown’s decision report on the County Council’s website